New Class A club joining the Crew

New Class A club joining the Crew

MILWAUKEE -- Starting next season, some the Brewers' kids will once again be grown closer to home.

The team on Tuesday will announce a new player development contract with the Class A Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, a franchise based 100 miles up the road from Milwaukee in Appleton that has been a Seattle Mariners affiliate since 1993.

The long-rumored deal is expected to start as a four-year commitment -- through 2012 -- and will be detailed at 11 a.m. CT on Tuesday at Time Warner Cable Field in Appleton. Last week, the Brewers announced two-year extensions with Double-A Huntsville and Rookie-level Helena.

The Brewers previously had their low Class A team in Charleston, W.Va., but the West Virginia Power last week officially paired with the Pirates. In the past, Brewers officials had cited Charleston's warmer weather and relative proximity to the team's other Minor League affiliates -- particularly advanced Class A Brevard County and Huntsville -- as reasons for the pairing.

But for months, Milwaukee has had rumored interest in moving closer to home in the Midwest League. The Brewers had a Class A team in Beloit, Wis., until the end of the 2004 season.

The Timber Rattlers are already selling 2009 ticket packages at Individual tickets will not go on sale until 10 a.m. CT on March 14.

Adam McCalvy is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.